(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1087, NGC 1090 - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 12/25/2000  21.15 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8"  f/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Object(s): NGC 1087, NGC 1090
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Cet
Data: mag 11.0, 11.9  size 3'.5 x 2'.3, 3'.8 x 1'.8
Position: RA 02:46  DEC -00:30
Two very faint galaxies in the M77 group in Cetus.
NGC 1087 is listed as the brighter but was actually a little fainter to me than
NGC 1090. Only carefull study of the field made a positive ID possible. Small
diffuse halo with no real nucleus. Almost round.
NGC 1090 was also very faint to detect but it does have a bright core which made
its identifiacation easier than with the previous galaxy. Diffuse halo around
the nucleus was almost undetectable.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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